May 29, 2024

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Loyola Maryland and Boston University earned two of the Patriot League Women’s Soccer weekly awards, while Navy took home one, as the League announced the weekly honors on Monday.
BU freshman midfielder Eileen Soloman was named the midfielder of the week, while teammate junior defender Ashley Buck received defensive player of the week honors.
Loyola’s Kaleigh Gallagher earned offensive player of the week and teammate junior goalkeeper Paige Sim earned goalkeeper of the week for the fourth time this season.
Navy freshman forward Alexa Riddle rounded out the weekly awards as rookie of the week.
Army West Point junior midfielder Lauren Drysdale and junior defender Emma Richey, BU senior forward Ashley Raphael, Bucknell senior defender Claire Mensi, Loyola Maryland sophomore defender Chloe Kuminkoski, and Navy sophomore goalkeeper Mattie Gallagher all earned honorable mentions.
Current Standings

PL Pct. Points Overall Pct.
Boston U 4-1 .800 12 8-5-1 .607
Bucknell 4-1 .800 12 7-6-1 .536
Loyola Md. 3-1-1 .700 10 6-5-2 .538
Army 2-1-2 .600 8 5-5-3 .500
Navy 2-2-1 .500 7 7-5-2 .571
Colgate 2-2-1 .500 7 6-6-1 .500
American 2-2-1 .500 7 5-6-1 .458
Lehigh 2-2-1 .500 7 4-6-1 .409
Holy Cross 0-4-1 .100 1 1-11-1 .115
Lafayette 0-5 .000 0 2-9 .182

Upcoming Schedule
Wednesday, October 13
Navy at American, 3 p.m. (ESPN+)
Colgate at Lehigh, 6 p.m. (ESPN+)
Bucknell at Loyola Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
Army West Point at Lafayette, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
Holy Cross at Boston U, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
Saturday, October 16
Lehigh at Loyola Maryland, 1 p.m. (ESPN+)
American at Colgate, 2 p.m. (ESPN+)
Boston U at Bucknell, 2 p.m. (ESPN+)
Holy Cross at Lafayette, 2 p.m. (ESPN+)
Army West Point at Navy, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
Offensive Player of the Week
Kaleigh Gallagher, Loyola Maryland, Sr., F, Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area
* Gallagher scored the only goal in Loyola’s 1-0 road victory at Holy Cross over the weekend, netting the game-winner 10:43 into the opening half.
* With the victory, Loyola moved up to third in the Patriot League standings with a 3-1-1 record in conference play.
Midfielder of the Week 
Eileen Soloman, Boston University, Fr., M, Fort Erie, Ontario/Greater Fort Erie Secondary School
* Soloman helped the Terriers extend their win streak to four games with 1-0 home wins over Yale and American.
* She scored the game-winning goal against the Eagles in the 74th minute for a second shutout victory.

Defensive Player of the Week

Ashley Buck, Boston University, Jr., D, Lafayette, Colo./Peak to Peak Charter

* Buck started both games and played a team-high 163 of 180 minutes on the backline to help the Terriers claim two 1-0 shutouts last week.

* The junior first played 73 minutes in BU’s 1-0 win over Yale, as she helped hold the Bulldogs to just six shots and three on goal.

* She then played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over American, which was held to a season-low three shot attempts.


Goalkeeper of the Week 

Paige Sim, Loyola Maryland, Jr., GK, Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista

* Sim recorded her second-straight shutout, making three saves in Loyola’s 1-0 victory at Holy Cross on Saturday.

* The clean sheet was her Patriot League-leading fifth of the season to extend her scoreless streak to 239:14 overall.

* The junior is now 6-5-2 on the year with a 1.05 GAA and a .806 save percentage.


Rookie of the Week

Alexa Riddle, Navy, Fr., F, Tomball, Texas/Tomball Memorial

* The Mids’ freshman forward tallied points in both of Navy’s wins this week against Delaware State and Lehigh.

* Riddle assisted on Sophie Utsinger’s score versus Delaware State on Monday before notching a goal 83 seconds into Friday night’s matchup with Lehigh.

* Through 14 games this season, she is second on the team with 11 points courtesy of three goals and five assists.


Honorable Mentions

Lauren Drysdale, Army West Point, Jr., M, Irvine, Calif./Arnold O. Bechman HS

* Drysdale converted a penalty kick in the opening five minutes of the game against Colgate for her first goal of the season. She also assisted an Army defense that allowed just one goal.


Emma Richey, Army West Point, Jr., D, Chandler, Ariz./Perry HS

* Richey anchored a backline that allowed just one goal against Colgate on Saturday. The Raiders entered the game having scored five goals in its previous three outings.


Ashley Raphael, Boston University, Sr., F, Andover, Mass./Central Catholic

* Raphael recorded with her first three points of the year to help the Terriers earn a pair of 1-0 victories over Yale and American this past week.

* The senior netted the lone goal in the win over Yale in the 86th minute. She then earned her first assist of the season off a pass on Eileen Solomon’s goal against American.


Claire Mensi, Bucknell, Sr., D, Katonah, N.Y./Somers

* Mensi was part of a Bucknell defense that held the Leopards to seven total shots and just three on goal. Mensi also assisted on the game’s only goal, playing a long ball over the top that connected with Rylee Donaldson for a clean breakaway in the 30th minute.


Chloe Kuminkoski, Loyola Maryland, So., D, Pittsburgh, Pa./Moon Area

* Kuminkoski picked up her first collegiate point in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Holy Cross, assisting on Kaleigh Gallagher’s game-winner in the 11th minute. She also contributed to a defensive effort, which held the Crusaders to eight shots overall.


Mattie Gallagher, Navy, So., GK, Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area

* The Mids’ sophomore goalkeeper backstopped the team in a win over Lehigh on Friday night. After allowing a goal in the sixth minute, Gallagher shut down Lehigh the rest of the game as Navy won 2-1.



Offensive Player

8.24 – Caitlin Doran, Navy

8.30 – Caitlin Doran, Navy

9.6 – Jasmine Talley, Army West Point

9.13 – Ruby Diodati, Colgate

9.20 – Amy Thompson, Boston University

9.27 – Tate Jordan, American

10.4 – Jenna Oldham, Boston University


8.24 – Katie Herrmann, Navy

8.30 – Hannah Pinkus, Colgate

9.6 – Dara Murray, Army West Point

9.13 – Julianna Bonner, Lehigh

9.20 – Teresa Deda, Bucknell

9.27 – Hannah Pinkus, Colgate

10.4 – Teresa Deda, Bucknell

Defensive Player

8.24 – Margaret Berry, Boston University

8.30 – Chloe Dawson, Navy

9.6 – Jordan Mahony, American

9.13 – MK Barnes, Loyola Maryland

9.20 – Erin Keefe, Lehigh

9.27 – Ruby Diodati, Colgate

10.4 – Elle Conlin, Boston University



8.24 – Jenna Hall, Bucknell

8.30 – Mattie Gallagher, Navy

9.6 – Julia Kato, American

9.13 – Paige Sim, Loyola Maryland

9.20 – Paige Sim, Loyola Maryland

9.27 – Grace Poncsak, Colgate

10.4 – Paige Sim, Loyola Maryland


8.24 – Celia Braun, Boston University

8.30 – Brooke Steel, American

9.6 – Ashley Blaka, Holy Cross

9.13 – Gretchen Waechter, Lafayette

9.20 – Teresa Deda, Bucknell

9.27 – Corinne Lyght, Lehigh

10.4 – Elizabeth Gallagher, Loyola Maryland



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